Do your Twins sleep TOGETHER ?

Jen - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Im 29 weeks pregnant and i was just setting up the playpen w/ bassinet in our bedroom last night in preparation for their arrival..and i had plans to get a second one as i know they only hold up to 15lbs each on the bassinet section which is where i want them to sleep in our room for the first few months. So Just wondering if having them sleep in separate bassinets is what most twin moms do or do you try to keep them together in one? In which case id need to find something else that can hold them both. I did look into the Arm's Reach Co-sleeper but the (Original) large one is not legal in Canada at this time due to packaging safety..which is silly so i can not order it. Any other suggestions..or should i do as i planned with the two playpen bassinets?

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Cara - posted on 12/03/2011

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Hello, My boys always slept in different cribs, it didnt help that they were in the ICU for 14 days (born @36 weeks) So by the time we got home there were used to sleeping alone. But they are in the same room and now they are 33 months and sleep in toddles beds next to each other.

Christine - posted on 01/22/2011

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I had my twin boys sleep in the bassinet section at first as well. (They were only 5 lbs each) Most of the night I was rotating them to nurse- so often there was only one in at a time. But this method allowed each of them to have some time to sleep on their own and for me to be able to stay sleepy and nurse without getting up out of bed, turning the lights on, etc. There is A LOT of waking at night with twins, so it's best to make it as easy as possible on yourself. I got a little nightlight, so I could see when I woke but wouldn't keep me awake, and kept the pack and play right up against my bed (like a co-sleeper) and all my supplies on my nightstand. By the time they were a few months old this method didn't work anymore because they were getting too big and restless, but I loved it while it lasted. Later I moved them to one crib and one pack and play and that lasted a long time, until almost 2 years. I slept in their room and did the same thing, rotating, nursing, changing diapers. It was brutal and I didn't sleep much, but it paid off!! Because eventually, earlier than most people I know, at about 6 or 7 months they slept on their own, they fell asleep on their own and stayed asleep for 12 hours, plus they took 3 hour naps each day! So it was worth it.

Now, however, is a whole other ball of wax. The are almost 21/2 and they don't sleep at all. We went to toddler beds, then back to one crib and one toddler bed, we have even thougt about cages! Obviously they share a room and I love that they do but they play, bite, pull hair, climb, throw things, pull their beds apart, laugh, cry! I am trying to re-assess what in the heck to do now : )
Good Luck. And Congrats!

Twins are the best. It can be really challenging but I always feel so lucky and proud that I was so lucky to get these two little guys. It's better than the lottery! It feel like such a priviledge to be a part of their little lives.

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Naomi - posted on 11/12/2011

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my twins slept together for the first few weeks; but i found i had one good sleeper-sophie and one not so good-oliver. so i separated them so that oliver wouldn't wake sophie.
BUT they are about to turn 6 and if one is sick or upset it isn't uncommon to find them snuggled up together...they seem to be each others comfort!!
good luck and enjoy; its fantastic!!

Emily - posted on 11/07/2011

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We did a bit of both. For the first couple days, they slept in the same bassinet, then for naps they were in different spots, but for the first six weeks at night after the first couple nights they shared a crib. After that, I had a "fussy" one, so I split them up into seperate cribs (same room, quite close together).

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I had two bassinets and I put them in the bay window in my bedroom. This worked really well for me especially because my husband was deployed to Iraq at the time. Around 3 months, I put them in separate cribs in the same room. When they were 3 1/2 we upgraded their cribs to day beds and now they share a full size bed. They won't sleep in another room with out each other. They are 4 now and we keep asking them if they want their own room and they continue to say no. When we traveled with them as infants, we had a large pack and play with a double bassinet. This worked really well until they both grew and then we just bought a 2nd one for travel.

Kelly - posted on 01/22/2011

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my twins slept in the same crib until they started moving around and waking each other up - 6.5mos old = then put them in separate cribs, mine are both boys, so now they're separate toddler beds in the same room -- i had the crib in my room, never used a bassinet, nor a cosleeper with any of my kids

Shannon - posted on 11/25/2010

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I skipped right over the bassinet thing and just set up a crib in my room where they both slept, then into toddler beds next to each other, now they are 6 and have bunk beds but sleep together :) We had them in separate bassinets in the hospital ( I was in for 6 days) and at 1st they werent sleeping well, we put them together and they slept great :)

Theresa - posted on 10/29/2010

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My twin boys started out sleeping together all of the time, they were very "connected" and obviously not relaxed unless they were close to each other. I had them in a bassinet/playpen when we were up during the day and I think I switched them between that and their cribs. They slept in the same crib up until they were almost 9 months old. Then I put them in their own cribs, but next to each other so they knew they were still close to hear and "communicate" but had more space to themselves. Now, as toddlers they are in their own toddler beds, but still in the same room and they love it. This way when it's bedtime, they talk and chat, sing songs, etc before they actually go to sleep. I think that's important bonding time for them and they wouldn't be happy separate anyway.
Good luck with your little ones!

Shannon - posted on 09/21/2010

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My twins always slept together, they had them in seperate bassinets at the hospital at 1st but they werent sleeping well so we put them together in 1 and they slept much better. My girls weighed 5 lbs 7 oz and 5 lbs 11 oz so we got a few weeks out of the bassinet then placed them in a crib together. They were great sleepers!! We then moved them to 2 toddler beds which by morning they were usually together in 1.They are now 6 yrs old have bunk beds and still sleep together, but we don't have many nights with nightmares orthings like that because they have echother.

Jacqueline - posted on 09/20/2010

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mine slept together in a bassinet for a couple of weeks then in side by side bassinets (graco has a twin pack n play with dbl bassinets on top) and then at @ 2 months they went into the crib together. they slept in the same crib until 8 months, then we bought the 2nd crib and separated them. they are still in the nursery which is attached to our room (they are now 20 mths) and their cribs are end to end with about 15 inches between them. it is really funny to hear them in the morning playing thru the rails. we plan on keeping them in the cribs until 3 (or if they start climbing out) then putting the rail on to convert them to toddler beds.

Lidia - posted on 09/15/2010

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My boys first slept in the same basinet, being that they were so tiny. At 2 months they moved to separate cribs, then toddler beds. They now have a trundle bed since we're all out of bedrooms. Most nights they sleep separately, but alot of mornings I'll find them back together :)

Corinna - posted on 09/12/2010

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i have 3 month old twins i had them sleeping together for about 1 month then i separated them

Sarah - posted on 09/05/2010

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My Boys slept in their swings most of the time until they were almost 4 months....lol (Sounds funny now that I think about it) But they had some respiratory issues from a bad case of RSV at 10 wks old (born at 37 wks), and sleeping them inclined was much better for their little lungs. HOWEVER, before that they slept together in our room in a bassinet, then again they shared a crib until they were about 10 months. They will be 1 in two weeks and they are in separate cribs but side by side. I think there are benefits to both. I worried that they would start taking turns hoisting eachother out of the crib, so that is why I separated them.

Nicole - posted on 07/05/2010

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At the beginning when they were still babies, I had them both in the pack n play together. It was comforting to them because it was like being in my belly. When they got older, I put them in their own crib, but in the same room. One on each side of the room, don't want them trying to attempt to crawl in to the other's crib and getting hurt.

Kim - posted on 06/19/2010

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I was going to use a pack and play for my boys when they came home. After the first night, we moved them to one of their cribs. Every noise they made woke me up so it was better if they were in their own room or else I would have NEVER slept. When they are young they can sleep together, but once they start rolling you shouldn't. Their doctor even said it's dangerous for them to sleep together. My little men have been sleeping in their own cribs since they were a month or so old. I never got a bassinet or co sleeper because financially It seemed like a waste. The pack in play with the crib attachment made more sense cause I could use it longer. Even though I've only used the pack and play 3 or 4 times since they've been born. I was so tired in the beginning.. sleep was so precious! I still have them in the same room, but hopefully I will be able to get a bigger home to separate them. The most important thing is to remember, it doesn't matter where they sleep in the beginning.. just as long as they sleep. There were nights when they slept most of the night in a swing. But as time went on they adjusted very well to bedtime and their cribs. Now they sleep 12 hours a night and get up once to eat. It's really a personal preference for you, and what will work best for you. If you are going to breast feed, definitely invest in something to keep next to your bed. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 06/12/2010

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Up until they were 6 months old they stayed in the same crib and then we set up the other one. They share the same room. They had toddler beds up until 5 or 6 months ago and then they now have bunk beds. They love them!

Sienna - posted on 03/12/2010

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I kept mine twin boys in one bassinet until they were about 2 months old (born at 36.5 wks) and in the same crib until about 7 months old. Since then they have quite happily slept apart but insist on switching beds every few nights.

Ciera - posted on 03/11/2010

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In the beginning they did bc that's what everyone told me to do but they had separate nurseries so at about 4 months when they stareted rollign over and waking each other up I separated them into their own nurseries and they slept always separately until about 11 months. They are now 13 months and I sleep them both ways. Sometimes they sleep together and sometimes they sleep in their own rooms. It just depends on different things. Sometimes they will be playing together and then just fall asleep together so I lay them down together while other times one might be fussy so I lay them down in their own rooms. They do just as well one way as they do the other. They still crawl all over each other as they sleep but for some reason they don't mind anymore

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2010

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mine slept in an arm's reach universal co-sleeper (where did you hear it was illegal? and was it all co-sleepers or just a certain type?) and i loved it. there were able to be right beside me, which was great since i ended up having to have a c-section and it was way easier to get them at night while recovering from the surgery without too much discomfort. they slept in that until around six months - when they just outgrew it :) then we switched them to their own cribs in the same room (they're only about a meter and a half apart). the universal co-sleeper is good up to 30 lbs or so, so it's designed well for twins, and i bought it in canada about two years ago (mine are 21 months now).
good luck with your babies!!!

Darcy - posted on 02/17/2010

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My boy/girl almost 4 month old twins share a room. At first they slept together but by 6 weeks they slept in seperate cribs and still do however they do still share a room. I have noticed no difference in their sleeping patterns. When they were new borns they would snuggle each other but now they just kick each other.

Laura - posted on 02/16/2010

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My boys are 20-months and have been sleeping together forever. They're actually moving up into a big-kid bed with the crib converted to toddler if they want to sleep separate. My kids share a room due to lack of another bedroom.

Sheryl - posted on 02/16/2010

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I also have twins. My girls will be 19 in May. I already had had two children by the time I had my twins, so they did not sleep in my room. I had the nursery all set up and ready, equipped with baby monitor and ready for the girls. I also had them in the same crib for the first 6 months because they seem to sleep much better when laying next to each other. At 6 mos. they got another crib and slept seperate from then on. They graduated to bunkbeds at 1 1/2 years old. as soon as they started climbing completely out of their cribs. Everyone thinks twins need to be seperated so they can develope into their own person, bologna...they are their own person already and as they grow it will show. Each will build their own beliefs and ideas....BUT....yet...they will be very much the same. I do not see a problem doing things the way you would like=) Good luck and enjoy!!!

Andrea - posted on 01/22/2010

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I had them sleep together at first because they liked to be together and wouldn't really be comfortable without the other one. then as time went on, I moved them. First into cribs right next to each other, then same room, 2 cribs, then separate rooms.

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